by Lisa J. Flickinger
Missouri mules were the best. Alda grew to love the creatures working side by side with her pa on their farm along the banks of the Missouri River. He would be hopping mad when he realized his wife and daughter colluded behind his back to sell a pack string. It wouldn’t matter that they were trying to save the farm.
Alda struck out on her own to drive the team over fifteen hundred miles. By day three, her lead mule Bessie refused to take one more step. It was a good thing the handsome cowboy Cord stopped by to lend a hand or Alda might still be sitting in the dust.
Now, Alda needed the man to move on so she could continue her journey. Judging by the spark in Cord’s eye … it just might take some convincing.
Phyllis - Among the Reads on Amazon wrote:
A Fool’s Notion by Lisa J. Flickinger first caught my eye with its unusual and intriguing cover. A redheaded woman in a beautiful period dress is watching a mule train trek across barren land. I knew there had to be a great story there.
In 1883, Alda Lealand of Kansas has decided to take the California trail as a single lady. Unusual enough, but she is also driving a pack of mules 1500 miles cross-country to be sold following her mother’s death and father’s disappearance. Cord is the bounty hunter who can’t settle down, but can’t keep himself from coming to Alda’s rescue more times than she would like.
I really enjoyed this light-hearted western. I often found myself laughing at situations in which the characters found themselves. The romance is sweet, albeit not smooth, due to the personalities and baggage both Alda and Cord have.
Alda has to learn that God is a “God who cared about His family, not like a fickle earthly father-like her father-but a God whose love was deep and wide.”
I found the perfect phrase for me to remember when I act like a stubborn mule, dig in my heels, and hold on like I’m right and no one better challenge me...
“You’re not above forgiving, are you?...”
All in all, just a great, fun book that I learned a few lessons from as I had a great time getting to know the characters. Highly recommended.
I gratefully received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit. This in no way influenced my opinions. I was not required to leave a positive review.
Janice L on Amazon wrote:
Fool’s Notion is the first book by Lisa Flickinger that I have read. It is the tale of several journeys. The physical one from Missouri to California, leading a string of mules, the romantic one, as Alda and Cord get to know one another and rescue each other from a number of perils along the way, and a spiritual one for both, as Alda revisits her reasons for rejecting God and for Cord as he learns to forgive.
The imagery in the story transported me to the places that Alda traveled. The description of the lightening storm was fantastic!
There was a great mix of action, imagery and romance. The characters were well developed and the story moved along well.
There were a couple of the events that didn’t quite make sense to me – I really didn’t get Walker’s motivation – I do understand the jealousy aspect, just not the extremes he would go to. Added to that the hints that revenge would be taken for his final act in the story and then nothing happened. I was expecting more. I also felt that the shootout scene (I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil the story for you) seemed to be lacking in detail (not gore!! but what was happening. I was left feeling like too many things were left to my imagination.) There were also a few things that were introduced at the end that seemed like there was more to the story that should have been explained.
Overall, the story was well told and I am grateful to the author for giving me this chance to read it.
This review first appeared on Among the Reads (amongTheReads.net)
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
As usual with Lisa Flickinger’s books, I love the cover.
A young woman—Alda Lealand—travels with a string of donkeys from Kansas to California, and encounters many trials along the California Trail. She also meets a young bounty hunter named Cord, who helps her accomplish her goal.
The characters in Fool’s Notion are strong. Alda is as feisty as one might expect of a young woman who takes on such a challenge, and her brilliant, curly red hair seems to add exclamation to her personality. She has trouble trusting, due to past experiences, but won’t give up. Cord has his own reasons for doubting her, as well as himself. The relational advancement is intriguing, and the dialogue natural and believable, giving the reader a sense of individual character development and story progression.
I was drawn into the setting of this book: the old West, wagon trains, the law of the land, how people engaged with each other when their lives were in constant danger from men and nature. The author has done much research in order to present this story in a credible manner.
I also appreciated the use of humor for pacing and interest, with just enough romance to engage the historical romance reader.
As far as plot goes, this novel is full of unexpected twists, which make the read exciting. One never knows what the next challenge will be or where it will appear from. There are definitely some unanticipated sources of the obstacles in Alda’s path.
Throughout the novel, Alda senses the fragrance of faith, which influences her life and its direction. A great take-away value for a fascinating story.
I recommend this book to readers who appreciate a well-told story, especially one from a historical perspective with a touch of romance. Five stars from this reviewer.
About the author
by Lisa J. Flickinger
Wife of one, mother of three, and grandmother of nine. I live and write in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. My journey to publication began in the stacks of our local library where I devoured fiction as a young girl and created small books out of construction paper.
When I'm not writing or reading, you will find me combing through antique shops, walking in the woods with my faithful Labrador Zeke, or sipping a Creme Brulee latte with friends.
The release of my first novel All That Glitters fulfills the lifelong dream of sharing the characters in my head with you, dear reader. Enjoy!